Heterogeneous Catalytic Processes
PD Dr. habil. Andreas Martin
The research in the department is presently focussed on two main targets: (i) oxidation catalysis (selective oxidation, ammoxidation, acetoxylation, oxychlorination, oxidative carbonylation) and (ii) chemical as well as energetic use of biomass feed (conversion of triglycerides, fatty acids and glycerol, deoxygenation, pyrolysis of biomass, use of CO2 in chemical syntheses). These topics are completed by research activities in refinery operations (dehydrogenation, dehydrohalogenation) and automotive exhaust gas catalysis (NH3-SCR, storage catalysts). Urgent tasks are (i) development of new catalysts for environmentally friendly processes, (ii) introduction of sustainable catalytic reactions and (iii) transfer of knowledge and research results to industry.
Besides basic research oriented projects that are promoted by BMBF, DFG, AiF and other public funding organizations a good number of bilateral projects with partners from SME and large-scale business is targeted to solutions close to application. Such projects are carried out with industrial partners from chemical industry, catalyst manufacture business and engineering companies from Germany and abroad.
The department comprises of three research groups which focus on the following topics: